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By Taran Adarsh, October 22, 2010 – 08:28 IST
Every film should be judged purely on the basis of its merits/demerits. Comparisons or drawing parallels with another film, even if it’s helmed by the same director, is not right, in my opinion. But if the posters/billboards/newspaper ads/promotional material of JHOOTHA HI SAHI has an eye-catching line that screams ‘From the director of JAANE TU YA JAANE NA’, if not comparisons, the expectations from JHOOTHA HI SAHI do multiply five-fold, since JAANE TU YA JAANE NA was, in terms of economics, the biggest hit of 2008.
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Sadly, Abbas Tyrewala’s new offering JHOOTHA HI SAHI falls flat for this reason [it doesn't meet the expectations] as well as several other reasons. What comes across is unexciting, boring and lethargic. Moments make a love story work and JHOOTHA HI SAHI never reaches there. It lacks the fizz and heart, to put it bluntly. Also, the chemistry between the lead pair – John Abraham and Pakhi – is plastic.
Another department where the film fumbles, besides writing, is its music. It’s an unspoken rule that love stories should be embellished with terrific music, but maestro A.R. Rahman’s compositions in JHOOTHA HI SAHI are lifeless.
Final word? Thumbs down!
When Siddharth [John Abraham] wakes up one night to a call from a desperate man threatening to jump out of the window, he isn’t prepared for what lies ahead. A mixed-up phone number. A desi suicide helpline in London. And various callers demanding that Sid give them a reason to live. Or else… Until one fateful night, Mishka [Pakhi] calls. And they both discover an unlikely bond.
Sid becomes her nameless friend. Her faceless philosopher. And she becomes his reason to rethink about life. Along the way, he also lies to her. Lies about his exciting adventures and daring escapades. The mountains he has climbed and the sharks he has tamed. Until the day they accidentally meet. And Sid falls in love.
How can he tell her the truth? That he’s just a simple bookseller? With four friends, a small apartment and a girlfriend whom no one likes and he doesn’t love.
The first and foremost thing that you expect from a film is an engrossing story and of course, a cohesive screenplay that keeps your attention alive for the next two hours. But the screenplay [Pakhi] is devoid of moments that bring a smile on your face at the end of the screening. Ideally, one would expect the focus to be on the principal pair, but the sub-plots [the friends and their sequences] dominate a good chunk of the film. And that, consequently, makes the film verbose, talk-heavy, tedious and verrry lengthy.
On retrospection, the female protagonist [Pakhi] comes across as a confused character, who finds stability in her life when John stages an entry, but goes back to her ex [Madhavan] for no particular reason. And the moment she does that, she drops John like a hot potato. That’s not all, she, all of a sudden, dumps her ex too and goes back to John. Thanks to this reason, the character comes across as someone who’s stone-hearted, cold and confused and that’s also the reason why you don’t jump with joy when the lovers unite towards the end.
Also, like I pointed out earlier, the multiple tracks in the film are a deterrent. The track of the gay couple is silly and unimaginative, while the relationship between the aggressive and dominating pregnant sister and her Japanese fiance is weird. Also, if the sensibilities of the film are Western and the humour British, the ending becomes Bollywoodish conveniently. The entire sequence at the bridge looks so filmy.
Director Abbas Tyrewala has filmed a number of sequences impeccably, but the writing is flaccid and the prime reason why the film fails to register an impact. Rahman’s music is of the fast-forward variety and that’s all the more surprising since the duo [Rahman and Tyrewala] had come up with a winning score in JAANE TU YA JAANE NA.
John makes a sincere attempt to look the part, but he’s awkward, especially in sequences when he stammers. Pakhi is a complete miscast. She looks too matured and has her limitations as an actor. Amongst the sundry characters, Raghu Ram is noticeable. R. Madhavan should avoid such flimsy characters.
On the whole, JHOOTHA HI SAHI is an absolute letdown in terms of content. Given its high costs on one hand and weak merits on the other, the film will make a big hole in the pockets of its investors.
The young and very ready-to-mingle star caught canoodling with mysterious white woman at a Bandra restobar on Tuesday night
This just goes to show that nothing escapes our hawk-eyes. Post midnight on Tuesday, Ranbir Kapoor was spotted in very high spirits at Olive in Bandra.
The actor had come there with a group of friends. All was well until something special caught our eye: Ranbir’s fondness for a tall, leggy girl in a stylish black and gold dress. She looked more like a foreigner.
Ranbir was showering this girl with a lot of attention and was neglecting his friends at times. Aw, not fair. And guess what? The actor had an adorably intimate moment with her too: let’s just call it a “cake-kiss” for the lack of any other word. All that separated their mouths was a tiny piece of gooey cake.
Want to know how it happened? Well, here it is. Incidentally, the girl cut a piece from a cake lying on their table. Before she could pick it up, Ranbir did and put it promptly in her mouth. And before anyone knew it, Ranbir did the unexpected: he put his mouth at the other end and both he and she chomped on it together. From that moment on Ranbir and the mystery woman couldn’t take their eyes off each other.
The two of them did not leave the venue together though. Ranbir drove out from Olive alone in his red R 8 Audi. Was it a ploy to dissuade voyeurs like us? Good attempt, Ranbir. But your chemistry with the girl, who sat right next to you all night, was hard not to notice.
The get-together that night saw some other rather unbelievable moments. At one time, the mystery girl stood on top of a table and soon after, another guy from their group was seen kissing a bald waiter on his head. Seems like the gang was playing Truth or Dare, not to mention some others Ranbir was playing on the side, of course.
And Ranbir stood out as the most chivalrous one from the gang. While no one else helped our mystery girl alight from the table, Ranbir promptly stretched his hand out to her. The girl obviously obliged with a smile.
Our enterprising cameraman clicked pictures of Ranbir and the girl when they came out from the restaurant. Last afternoon, we MMSed the girl’s picture to Ranbir, asking him who she was. We also sent him an SMS. But the actor chose not to reply or reveal the mystery woman’s identity. But we’ll find that out soon. Like you, for us it’s a piece of cake!
|Time: 1.00 AM Venue: Outside Olive, Bandra||Time: 1.05 AM Venue: Outside Olive, Bandra|
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 2, 2010 – 09:41 IST
In the film Aaja Nachle starring Madhuri Dixit, Ranvir Shorey was head over heels in love with Madhuri while Konkona Sen had a huge thing for Kunal Kapoor, switch to real life from reel and it was Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranvir Shorey who were madly in love with each other, a love that culminated into marriage last month as the couple had an intimate wedding in Mumbai.
The couple’s wedding was a complete hush hush affair with no media invited and only family and extremely close friends got to share the happiness of the couple. The ceremonies took place at the couple’s place where they have been living together for the past 2 years. Some of the guests included Fardeen Khan, Shilpa Shetty etc.
The wedding was a rather interesting one with both a marriage between Punjabi and Bengali traditions. Ranvir wore a Punjabi sherwani in cream and silver while Konkona looked ethereal in a Bengali sari and her grandmother’s family jewels.
Though both of them got engaged almost two years back by exchanging rings but they kept their relationship quite private not letting the media speculate on it much. Even now, a week before the wedding the couple stayed away from the limelight and said as much on their twitter streams as well.
Konkona (30) and Ranvir (38), fell in love for the first time on the sets of Mixed Doubles in 2006 and since then kept everyone guessing about their status. After the endless break-ups in this industry and endless link ups, here’s a story that restores faith in love and the forever after. Bollywood Hungama wishes the couple the very best.
…says the sexy Anoushka Shankar, who got married in London to filmmaker Joe Wright and is expecting his baby
Priyanka Dasgupta | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 2, 2010)
What’s it about Joe Wright that made you feel that he should be the father of your first baby?
Not just my first, I want him to be the father of all my babies! It’s such a cliché, but honestly, I could see myself having children with him within the first week of our relationship. Joe is the most wonderful, extraordinary man. He makes me feel cherished and safe… It’s easy to see what a loving, imaginative father he will be.
You have lived-in with Joe for some months. Was there any particular compulsion for you to tie the knot now?
Even though we moved in together ages ago, I always wanted to get married. I’m glad we lived together first as it gave us a good taste of the realities of our relationship! I don’t think it’s essential for everyone, but to me there is something sacred about taking vows and promising to love and honour each other.
Post-marriage, will you take your husband’s surname just the way your mother has done when she married Pandit Ravi Shankar? Or does the surname issue not bother you at all?
We’ve certainly enjoyed using the phrase Mrs Wright between ourselves since the wedding! But I would probably not change my name officially.
Was there any person you really wanted to attend your wedding but who never could?
We planned very quickly. So yes, many family members and friends couldn’t be there, which is why we will do celebrations later in the States and in India. Norah was obviously there, and hosted my mehendi party and was my maid-of-honour in a sense.
How does Joe inspire you in your career now? Does he keep a tab so that you don’t tax yourself too much with your concerts/tours/album work since you are pregnant now?
He has an incredible musical ear and does offer really valuable advice on my work. So, I take his counsel seriously as well. Now that I’m pregnant he does look out for me a lot more and constantly reminds me to rest and relax, which I’m not very good at!
Joe was supposed to make a film titled Indian Summer. Is there any update on that especially with his strong India connection?
We would both love if the film got made but there are no plans to get it rolling again at present that I know of. However, we’re both grateful it was even being looked at because we wouldn’t have met if he hadn’t come to India for that film!
Warner Brothers is demanding a screening of Abbas Tyrewalla’s Jhootha Hi Sahi, claiming it’s a rip-off of their television series Friends. The producers are finding this ridiculous
The makers of Jhootha Hi Sahi are tense. Warner Brothers has demanded from them a special screening before the release because they suspect that the film is similar to their superhit television series, Friends.
Our source informs, “Producer Madhu Varma got a call from the company’s officials saying that the film is similar to Friends.
Varma explained that it was not true and the film had nothing to do with Friends. However the company insisted and has now asked for a trial, failing which it would sue them.
Varma has no option but to clear the misunderstanding. Jhootha Hi Sahi is a story about friends and love, just like Abbas Tyrewala’s maiden directorial venture, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. The theme of a set of friends is universal and one wonders how there would be any similarity to Friends.”
When contacted, Madhu Varma, the producer of the film said, “Yes, they called me a week back but it’s a misunderstanding and I explained it to them.
Then someone else from Warner also called my partner. I just fail to understand how it can be a remake.
|A still from Jhootha Hi Sahi|
The fact and the matter is that Jhootha Hi Sahi is the second part of a trilogy that Abbas is making. The first part, Jaane Tu, also had a set of friends and a love story. So is the theme of Jhootha Hi Sahi.”
Officials at Warner Brothers remained unavailable for comments. How unfriendly.
They may not be together, but bonded big time on Farah Khan’s set
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 29, 2010)
Somewhere the line’s got to be drawn. And we are doing it here. It shouldn’t really matter to anybody but themselves and the people they are currently involved with, whether Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif are together or not. But what matters, certainly, is that both actors show a rare maturity and extend professional respect to each other when together. Like they did when shooting for Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan at Film City last week.
According to a source on the sets, Salman and Kat had a blast on camera and off. And joining them was Bollywood’s original prankster, Khiladi Akshay Kumar, the lead star of the film.
A close friend of the two revealed, “Salman and Katrina had always been discreet about their relationship. And all speculation about how awkward they would be when they bump into each other again, went for a toss on the sets of Tees Maar Khan. It wasn’t a shoot for a few hours, but for days, and the two showed that they remain friends.”
Salman was roped in by his close friend Farah Khan to shoot for the qawwali dance number Wallah Re Wallah in the film. She had told him that Katrina and Akshay were featuring in the song but Salman did not hesitate to shoot with Kat. He chatted with her on the sets and even bonded with Akshay. Both actors were thick sets and kept pulling Katrina’s leg all the time.”
Farah too said, “Salman and Katrina are professionals and I couldn’t see uncertainty or discomfort on their faces while working with each other. They bonded really well. Salman even cooked food one day and Katrina and Akshay ate it. We were like a family out there.” Does that give the impression that the two actors are back as a jodi? Does it really matter?
Abbas Tyrewala says he didn’t want the John Abraham of Dostana in his film
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 25, 2010)
Abbas Tyrewala’s Jhootha Hi Sahi has something common with his debut blockbuster Jaane Tu … Ya Jaane Na — both films are based on ‘gang dynamics’. While the latter is about friends and their interpersonal relationships just after they pass out of college and are into their first jobs, the former was all about friends in college.
Ask him if he is drawn to such themes naturally and Abbas who makes simple films – comprising real people, real locations and real situations, says, “Sometimes you are good at something that you don’t like very much. Because Jaane Tu.. did so well, the desire and expectation of my partners to make another film on those lines was high. Pakhi (his wife) had worked on this script for one-and-a-half years and everyone loved it. My kind of film is Godfather, and the Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino cinema. After this I will do something else for sure.”
Saregama’s Jhootha Hi Sahi, produced by Apurv Nagpal along with Madhu Mantena that releases on October 15, also boasts of an eclectic mix of Asian friends staying in London — a scenario that is again very true and real to the city. The film also has another big USP in John Abraham’s geeky look. Abbas transforms the Bollywood hunk into India’s Clark Kent complete with toned down physique and nerdy look.
“The decision was to choose an actor who could play the character of Siddharth – someone who was on the heavier side in his childhood and who stammers in front of girls. I told John that I was not interested in the John Abraham that we all know. The John from Dostana wouldn’t be hesitant around anyone. It’s great that people are responding to the look in a whole different way,” says Abbas of the role for which John lost 8-10 kilos. Abbas, in fact, maintained constant vigil to ensure John didn’t sneak off to the gym to pump up his muscles.
As for Pakhi, she was Abbas’s casting director on Jaane Tu… and now she plays the lead in Jhootha Hi Sahi. “We had many showdowns where she would accuse me of messing up with her script. I would tell her that the writer has to step back once the director takes charge. We both are very passionate people and the film came first. But as an actor, Pakhi was completely different. She understood there was no functioning if she didn’t surrender,” adds Abbas.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, September 20, 2010 – 13:40 IST
One of Bollywood’s gorgeous and stunning lady is now taken. Mahesh Bhupathi, the tennis star, proposed to Lara Dutta over a candle lit dinner. If that isn’t enough, for the romantic at heart, Mahesh did it with a ring that he designed himself that had a stone picked especially by the man for his woman.
It all happened a month ago in the glitz and glam of New York City where Mahesh was visiting for the US Open. Now this one relationship, that was under the media scrutiny time and again, is finally official. Earlier Lara would always call their relationship as “just friends” when asked, but now she can’t help but blush. The couple waited to make things public as Mahesh was going through a divorce and needed time to get things sorted. Mahesh’s ex wife, Svetha Jaishankar, though didn’t leave any opportunity to blame Lara for the divorce, Lara on her part, did clarify saying that she met the tennis star a year after he separated from his ex wife.
But all’s well that end’s well! As to when the wedding bells will ring, the couple is waiting to have some free time on hand so that they can sit comfortably and make plans. Bollywood Hungama wishes the couple the very best.
Ajay Devgn’s had three back-to-back-hits
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 21, 2010)
He’s Bollywood’s proverbial dark horse, winning bets placed on him more often than most others. And though he had slipped off the radar last year with London Dreams, Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn has since then managed to regain a lot of his lost ground. In 2010, the actor has had a dream run with three backto-back hits — the slice of life comedy Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge, the political drama Raajneeti, and the 70s underworld saga Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai.
The trade estimates that his last three films, that cut across genres, had around Rs 130 crores riding on them and Ajay super-safely delivered. A trade analyst says, “2010 has seen two superstars return to form, one is Salman Khan, the other is Ajay Devgn. One had Dabangg and the other came back with a bang.”
The Aakrosh producer, Kumar Mangat Pathak, says, “Ajay is a very sound box office proposition. I’m particularly happy because in Aakrosh he returns to his original form as an action hero. Though the story deals with the topic of honour killings, Priyadarshan has formatted Aakrosh like a fast-paced thriller. When it comes to action, Ajay has always delivered.”
Ajay himself has virtually had no time to access his professional victories. Says he, “I have been shooting continuously for two years now. After Golmaal Returns (Diwali 2008) I got into my home production All The Best (Diwali 2009). And after that it has been a crazy ride with Atithi… that we wrapped in 50 days, OUATIM and Raajneeti. I’m glad that people have taken notice of my success because I have literally had no time even for a breather. I have five to six releases this year. And even as one film releases, I’m preoccupied with the next one. Of course, when the buzz around you is positive, one knows that the collections are impressive. The assurances that come from the trade and the goodwill of the audience is the only incentive an actor looks for. Also, with success there is a change in the momentum around a star. That having been said, one just continues to do better work each day. Cinema is an on-going process, success only makes the journey more enjoyable.”
On October 1, Ajay will be seen in his fourth release of the year, Big Screen Entertainer’s Aakrosh, an investigative thriller about honour killings in which he plays a CBI officer.
After his hat-trick in the first half of 2010, the actor knows that there is huge expectation from both Aakrosh (an actionpacked thriller) and his fifth release Golmaal 3 (a comedy franchise that is very popular). And even as his friends, family and wellwishers stop to celebrate, this action aficionado gets ready to bite the bullet again. For Ajay, the game has just begun.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, September 13, 2010 – 15:01 IST
Everyone was guessing but hardly anyone was officially stating it. Bollywood Hungama though is here with evidence. Kim Sharma is indeed now Mrs. Kim Sharma Punjani and happily so. The Groom in question is the wealthy tycoon from Kenya, Ali Punjani. The couple was briefly dating before they decided to tie the knot and did so about two weeks ago.
The news came as a surprise even to the friends and well wishers of Kim who had no idea about this new man in her life. The rumours for a while were hinting towards a singer she was said to be dating.
Dressed in Pink, Kim got married between close family and friends in Kenya and was extremely happy. Anisa sent us this picture which she shot with Kim at her wedding.
Bollywood Hungama wishes the couple a happily married life.